Ever imagined what it might be like growing up on a tropical island like Barbados? This worksheet asks the kids to do just that, and to write a diary entry of a typical day.
Find out a little about Barbados - perhaps because you are lucky enough to be paying a visit - and learn a little known fact about the grapefruit! You can also print out our flag printables, including bookmarks, notebooking pages, flag colouring page and more...
Bottom Bay, Barbados
A Little Geography...
- Barbados is a small island nation, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It is the most easterly island in the Caribbean and a very popular tourist destination. Barbados is visited by over a million tourists annually, half of whom arrive in cruise ships. They are attracted by white beaches, a sunny climate, gentle cooling breezes and welcoming hospitality!
- A third of the 285,000 population live in Bridgetown, the capital.
- People from Barbados are called Bajan.
A Little History...
- Amerindians lived on the island as early as 1625 BCE. Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos named the island Los Barbados (the bearded ones) after spotting native figs trees which looked like beards!
- In 1625, English settlers claimed the island for King James I.
- Slaves from Africa were made to work on sugar cane plantations across the island until slavery was abolished in 1834.
- Barbados gained independence in 1966.
Some Interesting Facts...
- Bridgetown is the birthplace of famous cricketer, Sir Garfield Sobers, who is known as one of the ten Barbadian National Heroes.
- George Washington, the future First President of the United States, was an early tourist. He visited Barbados for his health in 1751, the only time he ventured outside America. His house can be visited today.
- Rihanna, the international singer, is from Barbados (although her mother is Guyanese).
A green monkey, Barbados
- Green monkeys can be found on the island. Endangered sea turtles are protected by the Univeristy of West Indies project.
- Did you know that the grapefruit was invented on the island, by combining a pomelo and sweet orange tree?
About the Barbados Flag
The National flag of Barbados was officially adopted on the first National Independence day of Barbados, 30th November 1966. The three equal vertical sections are coloured ultra marine and golden yellow, to represent the ocean and the sand. The broken black trident shape, positioned in the middle of the golden segment, symbolises a break from Barbados’ status as a colony, its three prongs standing for the three main aspects of a democracy: Government, for and by the people.
Our Barbados Resources
Ask the kids to find out when the coat of arms of Barbados was awarded and about the significance of the different parts and write about it on one of these worksheets. They can have a go at designing their own coat of arms on the second worksheet if they like!
This Venn diagram helps the kids learn what they have in common with children living in Barbados, and to understand the differences too...
The eye-catching flag of Barbados is featured on this facts poster, along with 7 useful facts about the country!
There are five different sizes of the Barbados flag on our printable, useful for all sorts of crafting projects.
Have fun colouring in this fabulous illustration of the Barbados national flower, the colourful 'Pride of Barbados'.
Fun Fact: The Pride of Barbados appears on the Barbados coat of arms.
Holiday planning and project work is always more fun with nice stationery so we hope you enjoy our Barbados notebooking pages.
Draw some pictures of Barbados in this useful picture gallery, or if you've been lucky enough to visit there you can use it to draw some memories or cut and paste some holiday snaps!
What a beautiful beach! Can you imagine you are staying on Barbados and write about what else there is to do there for a friend back home?
Design your own picture postcard from Barbados with this fun printable, then write some information about Barbados on the other side.
Print off this lovely poster of a beach in Barbados and imagine you're relaxing by the sea! Use the borderless settings on your printer for the best results.
This idyllic beach on Barbados is the perfect setting for a story! Choose from one of two versions of this story paper below: lined, or with handwriting lines.
This bumper study pack is perfect if you're learning about Barbados. We've included a variety of activities from puzzles and map worksheets to colouring and quizzes!
Do some research then practise writing skills by writing a tourist leaflet for Barbados. Print and fold along the dotted lines to make a 3-panel leaflet.
Here's a writing exercise with a difference! Can the kids write some content for a travel brochure encouraging people to visit Barbados?
Barbados has over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year! Find out a little bit more about the climate of Barbados then fill in this fun worksheet, which includes a weather app template!
Barbados traditions have been influenced by both West African and British culture. Try to find out a little bit about culture in Barbados and record what you find on this worksheet (we have lined and blank versions to choose from).
Find out a little about Barbados, then design a poster encouraging tourists to visit. You might want to make it bright and colourful and use an eye-catching slogan too!
Find out about the types of food grown and eaten in Barbados, then write down what you've found out and draw a picture of a typical meal eaten in Barbados too!
Did you know that the grapefruit was invented on the island of Barbados? We have plenty of other interesting and educational facts to read about in this fun introduction to Barbados.
It's always good to be prepared for a trip away! Can the kids think about the things they'd need for a week in Barbados and write or draw everything inside the suitcase?